HOW WE STARTED…
Books That Matter was started by founder and CEO Molly whilst she was in her second year of university. Empowered, inspired and transported by the texts she was reading on her literature course, Molly’s reflection on her experience, that had opened her up to so many female authors, turned to frustration. As a working class student, she knew all too well the barriers to entry that stood in the way of higher education, and felt it was completely unacceptable that a huge proportion of women weren’t being afforded the cultural education of the women that came before her that she so deserved. So, in hope that she could be the one to bring this to them in a unique way, Molly founded Books That Matter.
The start-up journey of the brand began at Start Up Sussex, an entrepreneurship competition in Brighton of which Molly was the first female winner. The grant fund included in the prize helped her to start up the business you see today, and when the brand opened its doors in July 2018, it sold out of all it’s boxes in less than 2 days! Since then, it’s been many more months of themed boxes to educate, empower and enlighten on different areas of feminism and women’s writing. As well as this, we’ve been featured across Forbes, Stylist, Huffington Post, London Evening Standard, Bustle, Thrive, and more! Books That Matter was also recently crowned the UK’s Female Start Up of the Year after just a year of trading, and our team is continually growing.
Meet the Team
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Molly founded Books That Matter in 2017, whilst still in her second year at university studying English Literature. Hugely passionate about women’s writing, feminism and activism, Molly created the subscription box company as a way to raise up the voices of women writers and creatives (inclusive of transgender and non-binary persons), and to create a platform for social change and empowerment.
Issie has been with Books That Matter for over a year and a half! She helps with curating our boxes, creating brilliant online content, blog posts and designing social campaigns. A true bookworm, Issie runs her own book blog, What Issie Reads; and has also just completed her English Literature degree at the University of Bristol!
Afsana has been a big supporter of Books That Matter from the very beginning, and she has recently joined the team as our community assistant. She will be on hand to answer your emails, queries, social media messages and comments alongside Eva! Outside of work, Afsana enjoys botanicals, pastels and classic 90’s romcoms!
Rachel is 34 and lives in Nottingham with her husband. During the working week, she is a programme officer. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than settling in with a nice cup of tea and a good book. Rachel recently joined the Books That Matter team as a contributor and shared that she is “very excited to get involved with a brand I have been a supporter of since the very beginning!”
Eva recently joined the BTM team to help manage our lovely bookish community and streamline our operations, focusing on strengthening your customer experience and answering your queries alongside Afsana. Outside of work, Eva enjoys reading with a nice glass of wine (or two), attempting every recipe ever written by Nigella Lawson and travelling!
Meghna is a recent English and Philosophy graduate from Durham University and now a trainee journalist in London. Having loved the Books That Matter boxes for a long time, she’s recently joined as a content contributor and is so excited to be writing and sharing some more feminist, bookish content!
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
– Audre Lorde